LOS ANGELES, Calif. - June 13 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Some of America's best-loved music wasn't written in this country. Two different songs were considered to be the national anthem. One flag-waving tune took 20 years to compose. In an article available for use online and in print, Scott G (recording artist The G-Man) reveals some surprising facts.
Photo Caption: Scott G (The G-Man) plays a patriotic tune on the firework-themed Minarik guitar in honor of the 4th of July.
You hear at least one of them played in parades, at band concerts, and on radio and TV for weeks leading up to the fourth of July . . . they're the patriotic marches and anthems that give an emotional lift to millions of people.
They are some of the most enduring and most popular songs of all time, yet the facts about their creation are unknown to most listeners.
In a new article available in print and on the Internet, Scott G (recording artist The G-Man, and owner of G-Man Music & Radical Radio), reveals some of the truths about these famous songs.
Surprising facts divulged in the article about these well-known songs include:
* The melody to the U.S. national anthem is based on an English drinking song.
* A hit song of the Civil War was sung by both the Union and Confederate sides with different lyrics.
* One song almost replaced the "Star Spangled Banner" as the U.S. national anthem.
* How some famous patriotic themes became part of the soundtracks to popular movies, "Dr. Strangelove" and "Apocalypse Now."
* The same song was sung at the funerals of Winston Churchill, Robert Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan.
* One patriotic song took two decades to write.
(The full text of the article is also available from the author.)
Scott G (The G-Man) has albums on Delvian Records and iTunes. A creative director of NARIP, a member of NARAS, and a writer for MusicDish, his primary business is G-Man Music & Radical Radio (www.gmanmusic.com) where he writes, produces, voices, and composes music for radio commercials.
Scott G also owns G-Man Marketing in Los Angeles (www.gmanmarketing.com), where he consults on marketing and sonic branding, creates cross-media advertising campaigns (print, broadcast, 'Net), produces radio commercials, and composes music and aural IDs for radio and TV spots.